Library News

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:09pm

Robert “Bob” Inman, a favorite Southern author will read from his latest and fifth novel, The Governor’s Lady, on Thursday, June 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 421 of the Belk Library and Information Commons.  The event is part of the Summer Author Series sponsored by Appalachian State University Libraries, and the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library Board. It is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 3:30 p.m., with refreshments and a book signing to follow. Free parking is available in the attached parking garage.  For more information contact Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.   Click Here for More Information

Posted by on Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 11:44am

Need help with research? Not sure how to find sources in the library? Interested in eBooks and how to use them effectively? Are lost in the sea of citations and management tools?  

Help is available!  Check out the Belk Library monthly online workshops:

Offered every month, so find the workshop that suits your schedule and register today!

Can’t fit a session into your schedule?

Librarians can schedule one-on-one sessions either in person or online to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Fill out the RAP request form and a librarian will contact you.

Open to all students, staff and faculty.

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 3:32pm
2014 Summer Author Flyer

Mark your calendars for these great speakers. Download PDF

Posted by on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 2:34pm
Knox The Therapy Dog

Dog Therapy that is.

That’s why Brianne Harris is bringing Knox to the Belk Library and Information Commons, so students can relieve a little stress.Knox is a Canine Good Citizen, and registered with Therapy Dogs, Incorporated.  In other words, Knox knows how to be a good listener, and is great for hugging.

“The idea of pets as stress relievers has taken off across campuses nationwide, especially during the end of semester exam time,” said User Services Librarian Geri Purpur, who worked to get Knox some people time.  “Dogs can provide comfort in a way people cannot, and can be a positive reminder of home during the chaos of these final weeks.”

Knox’s handler Brianne Harris, Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna says the Great Pyrenees has already begun visits to Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, as well as Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

Belk Librarians and staff have taken up a collection to buy Knox an Appalachian State University t-shirt, so look for the really hairy, big guy in an App T-shirt surrounded by students in need of some soothing.

The Dog is in: 

Monday, May 5 at 2:30

Wednesday May 7 at 6:30.

Squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches are free!

Posted by on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:03am
Dance in vide

Belk Library & Information Commons now has Dance in Video

Dance in Video from Alexander Street Press contains over 900 hundred hours of productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance. Films feature many of the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, including Agnes de Mille, Mark Morris, Lestor Horton, Anna Sokolow, Anthony Tudor, Jose Limon, Paul Draper, and Chuck Green. Dance in Video also includes an array of rare and hard-to-find archival material, including footage from the George Balanchine Interpreters Archive and Archive of Lost Choreography, and historical footage from Creative Arts Television, featuring dance performances from 1950s and 1960s CBS television productions.

The collection is indexed to meet the specific search needs of dance faculty and students. Search and browse by performer, dance company, technique, genre, choreographer, and more. Clip-making tools, personalized playlists, and annotations let you integrate content straight into your syllabus or LMS.


Posted by on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:42am

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May, 2014. We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated! You will be missed.

Taylor Sherrill
Recee Bergen
Sean Tevebaugh
Ambrose Young
Brandon Norris
Michael Link
Will Hyde
Tim Branch
Jonathan Bolanos
Harry Agyeman
Jessica Eley
Andrea Morera
Tierney McNamara
Taylor Conover
Taylor Switch
Stephen Harris (graduate student)
Sarah Stankus
Allison Hill
Kevin Sorensen
Jacqueline Messier
Evan Martin
Katie Pace
Courtney Struble
Colleen Thomas
Aubrey Bumgarner
Caroline Daniels
Scott Bennett
William (Trey) Fenner
Laura Arevalo-Gallego
Sarah Blythe
Nik Hay
Nora Naughton
Kai Weaver
Julie Jean



Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:47am
Image: Tanner Gill, Kayla Greeson and Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean of Libraries

The Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.  Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate. 

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.

The first place award, was a $300 gift certificate to the bookstore and it went to freshman Tanner Gill for his paper entitled  Hunting the Hunters.   The second place award, a $200.00 gift certificate to the bookstore, went to freshman Kayla Greeson for her paper entitled The Controversy Over Higher Education.

Congratulations to Tanner and Kayla!

Image: Tanner Gill, Kayla Greeson and Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean of Libraries


Posted by on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:09pm
Partying Shakespeare

"Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?" William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 3

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Belk Library, 4th Floor, Rhinehart Room

Yes, there will be cake when the Belk Library celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and you are invited.  In addition to the confections, all attendees will receive the opportunity to view one of Belk Library’s most valuable rare books; Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, first published in 1577.  Ours, acquired in the 1950’s, is a second edition, printed in 1587 when the Bard was a mere 23 years old.  Hollinshed’s Chronicles was the history book on hand when Shakespeare wrote many of his historical plays. Get the 411 on Holinshed's Chronicles!  See a piece of history, eat a piece of cake.  Happy Bardday.

Posted by on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:31am
Poetry Slam

In celebration of National Library Week (April 13-19) and National Poetry Month, Belk Library along with Verses Slam Team and Lyric, Appalachian’s spoken word poetry club is sponsoring a Student Poetry Slam.

Our Master of Ceremonies and Guest Poet is renowned North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti!

The poetry slam is April 14th @ 7:00 p.m. in library room 114.


COMPETITORS: This competition is open to ANYONE who is interested and has at least 3 original poems to perform. Sign-up is at the door and you must be early if you hope to have a spot to compete. The rules are simple:

  1. All pieces performed must be poets own, original work.
  2. Poems must be a maximum of 3 minutes in length, with a 10 second grace period. All poems over 3:10 will receive a time penalty to score.
  3. No props.
  4. A maximum of 12 poets will be in the lineup.
  5. Spots are given on a first come first serve basis.

ATTENDEES: This competition is thoughtfully and sensually provocative, and is also a lot of fun! If you hear something you like, we encourage you to snap your fingers, stomp your feet and hoot and holler (try not to drown out the poet though)!

 ADMISSION IS FREE and REFRESHMENTS ARE PROVIDED so bring your friends and family! 

For more information, please contact one of the event leaders:

Geri Purpur @

Amanda Bird @

Zack Herman @

Zac Corsi @


Posted by on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Rock's Backpages

Rock's Backpages provides access to over 24,000 classic articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years. These feature over two thousand artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features.

Rock's Backpages has been voted one of the best 25 music sites by the Observer, who called it "a cultural resource for students and a tool for journalists." The database also features a library of over 350 audio interviews, including classic coversations with Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Marc Bolan, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits.

Written by over 500 of the biggest names in music journalism, they are taken from the widest possible range of publications in the US and UK, from Creem and Rolling Stone, and from NME and MOJO.

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